Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Mary Oliver books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- 1. A Thousand Mornings: Poems (2013)
- 2. Dog Songs: Poems (2015)
- 3. New and Selected Poems, Volume One (2004)
- 4. Why I Wake Early: New Poems (2005)
- 5. A Poetry Handbook (1994)
- 6. American Primitive (1983)
- 7. Felicity: Poems (2017)
- 8. House of Light (1992)
- 9. Dream Work (1986)
- 10. Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2005)
1. A Thousand Mornings: Poems (2013)
In A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her treasured dog Percy, Oliver is open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments and explores with startling clarity, humor, and kindness the mysteries of our daily experience….
2. Dog Songs: Poems (2015)
Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet’s relationships to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver’s poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision, these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it.Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver’s beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak…
3. New and Selected Poems, Volume One (2004)
Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems, Volume One. Since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet’s first eight books.Mary Oliver’s perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death have won high praise from critics and readers alike. “Do you love this world?” she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader….
4. Why I Wake Early: New Poems (2005)
The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a multitude of reasons to wake early….
5. A Poetry Handbook (1994)
With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. “Stunning” (Los Angeles Times). Index….
6. American Primitive (1983)
Her most acclaimed volume of poetry, American Primitive contains fifty visionary poems about nature, the humanity in love, and the wilderness of America, both within our bodies and outside.”American Primitive enchants me with the purity of its lyric voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages.” — “These poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight.” –…
7. Felicity: Poems (2017)
“If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,” Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds. Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world. With Felicity she examines what it means to love another person. She opens our eyes again to the territory within our own hearts; to the wild and to the quiet. In these poems, she describes—with joy—the strangeness and wonder of human connection….
8. House of Light (1992)
This collection of poems by Mary Oliver once again invites the reader to step across the threshold of ordinary life into a world of natural and spiritual luminosity. Winner of a 1991 Christopher AwardWinner of the 1991 Boston Globe Lawrence L. Winship Book Award…
9. Dream Work (1986)
Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver’s American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness — so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive — continues in Dream Work. Additionally, she has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit — to accepting the truth about one’s personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships….
10. Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2005)
Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. ‘Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?’ This book is my comment.–from the Foreword….
Best Mary Oliver Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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The Behavioral Health Specialist in Primary Care: Skills for Integrated Practice
Author(s): Dr. Mary Ann Burg PhD MSW LCSW, Dr. Oliver Oyama Ph.D. ABPP PA-C DFAAPA
ID: 1617060, Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
Author(s): Mary Oliver
ID: 1620574, Publisher: Penguin Press, Year: 2015, Size: 356 Kb, Format: epub
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: Civil War Soldier, Supreme Court Justice
Author(s): Susan-Mary Grant
ID: 1694968, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
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